Lord, today I want to tune my heart and mind to the frequency of the Spirit. I will trust and obey You.
Read REVELATION 19:11–21
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Jesus, through his death on the Cross, made “a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world” (Book of Common Prayer).
The vantage point of John’s visions shift. God’s victory is presented from multiple views. To understand these things, we must look beneath their surface and unravel what they mean by using our main tool, the Bible.
John’s perspective changes. He is now transported to an earthly vantage point. He sees heaven open and the all-conquering Jesus descend to earth. All the descriptors reinforce this to be the same Jesus we have already met, the awe-inspiring One, “Faithful and True” (11), in dazzling garments with stars in his hand and a sword coming from his mouth (Rev. 1:12–20; 2:12), “the sword of the Spirit… the word of God” (Eph. 6:17)—the sword with which he will save, judge and destroy. The battle imagery may seem gruesome, even politically incorrect, to us—but these pictures of justice coming to God’s enemies probably had a different effect on John’s readers, a community familiar with Rome’s cruel practices of making sport of killing fellow Christians in the arena. Even today my young granddaughter perfectly understood the gory final battle in the Lord of the Rings as a righteous picture of good defeating evil. Today’s painful but powerfully explicit images imprint on our minds that Jesus’ victory was final.
Militaristic imagery may seem inconsistent with the Prince of peace, but in establishing God’s shalom, all false ‘peace’ must be destroyed. In his earthly ministry Jesus said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34). World systems that are leading its people into chaos, rejecting the authority of Christ and persecuting and killing Christians will experience that sword. Those who reject Christ as the Lamb slain for sin will meet him as the Lion who is coming to judge the world.
Jesus destroyed “him who holds the power of death” (Heb. 2:14). Thank God that this victory is already complete.
Lord Jesus, I’m ever so grateful that because You died, I can live.
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